Mercurial

Mercurial

by Asylum Street Spankers
     
 

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Austin's all-acoustic ensemble covers a lot of ground on this typically eclectic outing. Blues, folk, jazz, rockabilly, klezmer, new wave, and even punk go through the Asylum Street Spankers' retro wringer, and all emerge in the band's typically swinging, if slightly gimmicky, fashion. The Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere" is transformedSee more details below

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Austin's all-acoustic ensemble covers a lot of ground on this typically eclectic outing. Blues, folk, jazz, rockabilly, klezmer, new wave, and even punk go through the Asylum Street Spankers' retro wringer, and all emerge in the band's typically swinging, if slightly gimmicky, fashion. The Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere" is transformed into an authentic rockabilly breakdown, somewhat like a combination of Manhattan Transfer and Sun-era Elvis. Black Flag's "TV Party" goes the hoedown route and now sounds like something the cast from Hee Haw recorded, complete with snappy TV jokes and theme songs from Bonanza, The Flintstones, and Jeopardy. Not as giggly but far better is a radically reworked version of the blues chestnut "Got My Mojo Workin'" sung as a slinky, finger-popping torch song by group co-founding member Christina Marrs. The swinging Dixieland side of the group is well represented by Sophie Tucker's "Some of These Days," a straight version enhanced by banjo, fiddle, and clarinet. A no-frills cover of the B-52's' "Dance This Mess Around" might be fun for those who don't know the original, but the Spankers' version doesn't noticeably improve or even alter the original and, worse, interrupts the flow of the album. The suggestive "Tight Like That," made popular by Tampa Red, gets the lyrics to Jim Carroll's "People Who Died" grafted onto the chorus, successfully combining two especially disparate genres in a very funny and unexpected -- at least once -- juxtaposition. Bessie Smith's salacious "Sugar in My Bowl," Ivory Joe Hunter's "Since I Met You Baby," and the pop standard "Shine on Harvest Moon" are all relatively unaltered, although the Spankers' winking humor is unmistakable. Mercurial is frisky, good-natured fun and a fine way to break into the band's lively retro sound and entertaining, self-deprecating but reverent Americana approach.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Yellow Dog Records
UPC:
0823800140420
catalogNumber:
21404
Rank:
181721

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Asylum Street Spankers   Primary Artist
Wammo   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals,Washboard,Vocal Harmony
Stanley Smith   Clarinet,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Christina Marrs   Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Tenor Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Garreth Broesche   Mandolin
Nevada Newman   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Korey Simeone   Dobro,Violin,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Paul Schlichting   Background Vocals
Pb Shane   Background Vocals
Stanly Smith   Background Vocals
Garreth Broesche   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Taj Mahal   Composer
Fred Schneider   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Max Eider   Composer
Greg Ginn   Composer
Wammo   Composer,Executive Producer
Adam Horovitz   Composer
Brian Beattie   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Tim Brymn   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels   Composer
Rick Rubin   Composer
Keith Strickland   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Cindy Wilson   Composer
Adey Wilson   Composer
Jack Norworth   Composer
Asylum Street Spankers   Arranger
Billy Stull   Mastering
Christina Marrs   Executive Producer
Billy Mayhew   Composer
Dally Small   Composer
Traditional   Composer
J.P. Riedie   Executive Producer
Joseph "Run" Simmons   Composer
Preston Foster   Composer
Bria   Audio Production

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